Turbo Cleaning In Durham

Turbo Cleaning In Durham

Turbo Cleaning here in Durham is a common issue for us on a weekly basis for various reasons inc due to extended service intervals, over due servicing, cheap service oil’s and just mechanical failure.

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turbo replacement Durham

 Turbo Cleaning In Durham & VGT Variable Vane Turbo Cleaning.

We can use our unique method for turbo cleaning in Durham and NOT one garage in Durham offering a similar service can do it our way in forced intake & exhaust turbo cleaning to help clean and free the variable vanes on turbos with underboost or overboost faults or even just to ensure your system is clean for piece of mind with our professional FREE advise to help you in the right direction and what we would recommend after fully diagnosing the car first.

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Why do Turbos Fail?

In most cases, the turbo itself does not fail on its own but because of another problem with the vehicle. The problems that can impact the turbo are known as the turbo ‘killers’ and can be categorised into 4 main areas:

  1. Oil Starvation: The Turbo works at such high speeds and temperatures that the continued lubrication of the part is absolutely vital. If the part becomes starved of oil then this will have a huge impact on the part. Oil starvation would suggest excessive carbon build up, blocked or split pipes.
    turbo durham

    turbo Durham


  2. Oil Contamination: Similarly, where a lack of oil can lead to the failure of a turbo, contaminated oil can also cause a problem. An unchanged oil filter or dirty oil will cause the turbo to wear at an increased rate.

    turbo failure durham

    turbo failure Durham

  3. Foreign Object Damage: If there are splits within the air intake system, then foreign objects could make their way through to the turbine. Even a very small impact could cause considerable damage to the turbine wheel.

    Turbo Cleaning In Durham

    Turbo Cleaning In Durham

  4. Poor Driving: There is the possibility that driving style could impact on the turbine. Through hard accelerating or the long idling of an engine, there could be considerable additional stress placed on a part already working hard and this could begin to cause undue wear and tear.
Weak Lean Turbo Cleaning In Durham

Weak Lean Turbo Cleaning In Durham

Not forgetting mechanical failure inc the turbo band clamps & wastegate turbo actuators faults and very lean AFR.

Turbo cleaning in Durham failure can be unavoidable, it is advised that you have your vehicle serviced correctly and when its due on time and to ensure that the oil and filter changed to ensure that the oil does not become contaminated and the engine has enough lubricating oil to function correctly and full advanced diagnostic checks regular

turbo failure

turbo failure


All modern diesel engines have a turbocharger and is advised to have a regular turbo cleaning procedure to help maintain a full healthy system.

It’s basically a turbine and compressor mounted on one shaft. Some of the exhaust gas coming out of the engine is directed through the turbine, causing it to spin at high speeds.

As the shaft and compressor are directly connected to the turbine, the compressor also spins.

Air coming into the engine from the air filter is directed through the compressor, compacting it to get more air into the engine.

Getting more air into an engine means more fuel can be carried in with it, resulting in improved performance – and because the air is compressed, more oxygen is getting into the engine for the same volume of air, which increases efficiency. It’s an ideal scenario: you’re given more power, but without the the loss of in fuel consumption or emissions failure.

Turbo Cleaning Durham Caring for the system 
Turbo cleaning in Durham problems sometimes can difficult to diagnose and many turbos have been replaced unnecessarily.

Symptoms include a high-pitched noise or whistling, exhaust smoke and power loss. However, many other engine problems can produce similar effects.

If the engine has been run hard – such as after a long steep climb or heavy towing – don’t switch off the engine immediately.

Instead, leave the engine idling while you take off your seat belt. This gives the turbo a few seconds running at zero load while the oil flushes the heat away.

Avoid using full power for the first few minutes of driving, too. This gives the turbo, and other engine components, time to heat up evenly and gradually, minimizing thermal and mechanical stress.

Regular Engine Servicing

Regular engine oil and filter changes are essential because the turbocharger is lubricated by the engine oil. Old oil, apart from giving reduced lubrication, will be thicker so it flows more slowly through the turbo’s bearings, removing less heat.

Ensure the intercooler is flushed at the specified interval.

Otherwise, oil may be carried into the engine, affecting the valves and causing exhaust smoke.

Renew the air filter at the correct intervals.

When an old filter becomes partially blocked it causes a fall in engine efficiency and increases the likelihood of unfiltered air being drawn in through leaky pipework and connections.

Oil Feed Turbo Supply

Turbochargers rotate at over 150,000 rpm on precision bearings that need a constant flow of oil, not only to lubricate them, but also to carry away the intense exhaust heat that’s transmitted along the shaft.

If the oil flow slows down, the heat can cause it to burn, producing carbon particles that score the bearings. This caused a problem on older engines when they were switched off: the heat from the turbo soaked into the oil, burning it and destroying the bearings at the next start-up.


For the best combustion efficiency, air entering the engine needs to be cold.

However, heat from the turbocharger, as well as the fact that it’s being compressed, increases the temperature of the air, so before it enters the engine it is directed through an intercooler.

The intercooler works in a similar way to the radiator: hot engine air is fed through it while outside air blowing across cools it down.

This cooled air is then piped into the engine.

Small amounts of lubricating oil from the turbo bearings can be carried into the intercooler where it eventually builds up.

That’s why servicing schedules suggest periodically flushing the intercooler internally.

Vacuum & Pressure Pipework

Metal pipes and flexible hoses transfer engine air from the air filter to the turbo. The air then goes through the intercooler before going into the engine.

Any leaks in the pipework between the air filter and the turbo will allow dust to be drawn in, which erodes the turbo’s compressor blades.

Leaks in the pipework between the turbo and the intercooler, and from there to the engine, will allow air to escape and will lead to a loss of power.

VGT & Boost control

Modern turbos are controlled via the engine management computer. It adjusts the angle of the turbine nozzles to control its speed, and hence the amount of air compression.

Older turbos use a valve, or wastegate, that opens and closes to control the amount of exhaust into the turbine, and thus the pressure of the compressed air being fed to the engine.


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